Wraptivo Custom Car Wraps
We got an invite to stop by Wraptivo [www.wraptivo.com], a new company under the Meguiars umbrella, and as we walked up noticed a new Mustang being wrapped with a custom flame job. You might have seen custom vehicle wraps at events before and wondered about them. Well, now Meguiars, a household name in automotive surface care, is launching Wraptivo, a vehicle wrap you customize online using colors, graphics, and even images and content you can upload yourself, and then a certified installer wraps your car. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than custom paint, and can be removed any time. Right now classic Mustangs and Fords aren't in the database, but the Meguiars folks are adding new cars every week, plus you can also get custom partial wraps as well (stripes, flames, graphics) that will work on any car.
We've been big fans of these little digital wonders from GoPro [www.gopro.com; (415) 738-2480] since its original camera debuted just over two years ago. We've used them on project cars, at events, and more to create video for our website. Now GoPro offers an HD version that has many improvements, including a new 170-degree, ultra-wide-angle lens, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and up to 32 gb of storage (that's eight hours of video at a 720p setting) via a removable SD memory card. For on-track events, parades, cruises, or even to mount on your mountain bike during vacation, the GoPro camera is great fun and a great driving tool. We can't wait to get our hands on the HD version and start posting more videos!
Universal Bluetooth Adapter
We're big fans of Scosche [www.scosche.com; (800) 363-4490] products around here; using its in-dash installation kits for stereo upgrades, wiring kits for amps, and more over the years. The Bluetooth revolution is changing every day, and just about everyone reading this magazine probably has a Bluetooth phone, MP3 player, or GPS device. I bet your daily driver has Bluetooth available too. Well, now when you take that weekend ride in your classic Mustang or Ford, you can keep both hands on the wheel and keep using that great Bluetooth functionality you are accustomed to with the new BT1000 handsfree kit. This simple unit mounts under your dash, then place the small three-button controller wherever you like, mount the microphone in a convenient location, and pair it with your phone via voice prompts. That's it. Safer driving awaits you.
Specialty Wheels Ltd.
Specialty Wheels Ltd.
New Steel Wheel Program
The folks at Specialty Wheels [www.specialtywheelsltd.org; (503) 491-8848] have been building classic muscle car rims for over 20 years. At the SEMA show this year, it debuted its new line of made-in-the-USA, all-steel wheels, including the classic Thunderbird spoke wheel shown here. Sizes range from stock to more modern 17-inch versions of your popular Mustang and classic Ford wheels, like the Magnum 500 and more.
Pyramid Display Stands
Race Ramps [www.raceramps.com; (866) 464-2788] has been making non-marking, use-anywhere ramps for light service use, vehicle storage, and trailer loading for several years now. The company is constantly on the lookout for new ideas to utilize its product's technology, and now offers these display stands for static vehicle displays at indoor or outdoor shows. Available in a slim-profile or a pyramid style (shown here) and even offered in custom heights (if you want to display the vehicle on a rake or angle for example), a set of four display stands will support 6,000 pounds and make you the talk of the show. Be sure to see the copany's full product line online for your garage or car trailer.
Stainless Steel Brakes Corp...
Stainless Steel Brakes Corp
Tmax Transmission Thermostat
We're used to stopping by Stainless Steel Brakes [www.ssbrakes.com; (800) 448-7722] and chatting about the company's latest brake hardware. So we were a bit surprised when SSBC's principal, Michael Jonas, walked us over to a display and started talking about transmissions! SSBC's new TMAX transmission thermostat is an easy to install temperature regulator that keeps the transmission operating in its prime temperature range for better fuel economy and longer life. A future model will even have a heating element in it to get the trans fluid up to temp before driving/racing, perfect for those that drag race with an automatic.
New Tu-Tone Pony Door Panel
When it comes to custom-looking direct-replacement interior parts for classic Mustangs, TMI Products [www.mustangupholstery.com; (800) 624-7960] has been the undisputed leader. From great-looking carbon-fiber and brushed-aluminum accents to its sport seat upholstery and foam kits, TMI has some great products to personalize your restomod Mustang. TMI's Dean Satterfield proudly showed us its latest, a new tu-tone '65-'66 Deluxe "Pony" interior door panel. Previously the Pony panel was available in one color only, but new heat sealing technology and vinyl products allow the "cove" to be covered in a complementary or contrasting color.
The Classic Fords Of Sema...
The Classic Fords Of Sema
The Ring Brothers' Fairlane
Up until now the Ring brothers have performed their special kind of magic mostly on Mustangs (including a late-model) and a Camaro or two. Now they've branched out into other classic Fords with the build of the Afterburner Fairlane, which debuted at the BASF paint booth at the SEMA show this year. It started life as a '64 Fairlane, but has taken on a whole new look under Mike and Jim Ring.
The Club Personal Vault
Many of you no doubt have heard of The Club. You know-that big steel stick that slides through your steering wheel to prevent car theft? Well the company that makes The Club, Winner International [www.theclub.com; (800) 527-3345] now offers this personal vehicle security vault that easily attaches to your seat frame or track to secure your valuables. It's a great idea for classic Fords that do not have a locking glovebox, convertibles and roadsters, or any other vehicle that is not easily secured.
Magentic/Decal Tool Box Labels
OK, so these might not fall under the greatest performance parts of the year category, but when we spotted these tool box labels from Z-Calz [www.zcalz.com; (909) 225-2868] we certainly could relate and wanted to share them with our readers. How many times have you walked up to your toolbox and opened the wrong drawer when looking for something? Sure, you know where you put your own tools, but we still grab the wrong drawer right? Or how about when someone is in the garage helping you and you ask them to grab a screwdriver? Now they can easily see where the tools are located and not perform the tool drawer shuffle while you wait. They're available as magnets for those that like to reorganize their boxes all the time, and decals for those without commitment phobias.